The Spring 2023 issue of BRM is a little light on Phil content this time - I've been busy on a load of other projects which have eaten my time. There isn't even space for a video, although that is due to an embarasment of other excellent content.
What we do have is a quick look at Bachmann's 009 Quarry Hunslet, and the new RNAD wagons. I've given them a test, and even recorded a running video to accompany the review.
I have been out with the camera though. First, we have Kathy Millatt's excellent Port Dinorwic.
Inspiration for the shoot came from the Hornby TV show. I spotted the layout in an early episode and since Kathy is just down the road from me, sent her an e-mail and arranged a hurried photo session. TBH, if I'd seen the layout at a show (or paid enough attention to her YouTube channel) I'd have asked to take some photos a bit earlier. As it is, the appearance coincides in the magazine, with Jenny Kik's layout from the same series.
Next, we have Ben Sharich's Tamcester.
We're on a mission to ensure there is at least one N gauge layout in each issue in the future, and that's helped by finding quality models like this that will look good on the page. There is plenty of super-quality RTR out there, and now the layouts are appearing that make the best of it. Excellent news!
As a (sometimes) N gauge modeller, it's really nice to see N layouts featured on a regular basis. I think it's especially suited to the modern era as it gives scope for things like block trians in a reasonable space and the bright liveries stand out well.
I'll try to pick up a copy of BRM at the weekend, also saw Kathy Millatt's layout on the Hornby programme and Youtube so it'll be nice to see it in print as well.
I agree about the block trains - there is a Stafford layout feature on the way that makes the best of this in N. Looks great.
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